Akwe Amosu is a Senior Policy Analyst for Africa at the Washington Office of the Open Society Institute. For over 20 years she worked as a journalist and radio producer with AllAfrica.com, the BBC World Service, Financial Times in London and West Africa magazine. Most recently, in 2003-5, she was based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as head of communication at the UN’s Economic Commission for Africa, and part of the strategic and policy-focused team supporting the UNECA executive secretary. Through personal advocacy and membership of campaign groups, she has sought to advance civil society leadership on HIV/AIDS and is active in efforts to increase awareness of AIDS’ long-term impact on African states and governance. Amosu grew up in Nigeria and was educated there and in England. She has an Honours degree in Social Anthropology in African studies from the University of Sussex and was the Harry Oppenheimer fellow at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for African Studies in 1991, researching the future of post-apartheid broadcasting in South Africa. The results were published by the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa as an occasional paper entitled: “New Routes for Radio: Ideas for Better Broadcasting in a Democratic South Africa”.